Flight cancellations top 3,500 Friday, disrupting holiday travel – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – Winter weather continued to disrupt holiday travel across the United States on Friday, leaving travelers facing delays and cancellations during one of the busiest times of the year.

More than 3,500 Friday flights had already been canceled as of 10 a.m. ET, following nearly 2,700 cancellations on Thursday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

Cancellations were highest at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia, and Chicago and Detroit, according to FlightAware data.

The FAA said early Friday that it may have to stop or restrict traffic at airports in the Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington areas.

Chicago and Denver airports saw the most cancellations and delays Thursday. Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Thursday recorded average delays of nearly three hours due to snow and ice.

An arctic outburst and a rapidly intensifying winter storm came at an unfortunate time for travelers trying to join family and friends for the holidays.

Airlines have issued winter weather waivers that allow passengers to book free of charge for a limited time frame. Find links to airline waivers and more air travel strategies here.

Growing cancellations make it difficult for passengers racing against time and weather to book and arrive in time for Christmas. This year, flights are busier than ever, even before the typhoon disrupted travel schedules.

“We hear that the amount of travel is still down, by 5 or 10%, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the number of flights in the air has actually gone down. 15% or 20%,” said Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights. told CNN.

“The planes that are actually flying are more full now than they were before the pandemic. That’s why there aren’t many empty seats to fall into if you find out your flight is canceled or delayed,” Keyes said.

Train and bus services are also affected

Amtrak was also forced to delay or cancel passenger service for some routes in the Midwest and Northeast.

Click here for more details on train service delays.

In its notice, Amtrak said that “customers with reservations on trains that are being changed will generally be accommodated on trains with a similar departure time or on a later date.

“Amtrak will waive the additional fee for customers who wish to change their reservation during the revised schedule by calling our reservations center at 1-800-USA-RAIL.”

Meanwhile, Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus services, issued a service alert late Thursday saying trips in the Midwest or Northeast may be canceled or halted.

In the alert posted here, the company listed nearly 20 cities among those affected. He advised passengers to check bustracker.greyhound.com for the latest information on specific routes.

Greyhound said riders can call 1-833-233-8507 to reschedule.

Winter weather also affects services from regional intercity bus company Jefferson Lines, which operates in 14 states.

In an alert posted on its site, the company said nearly 30 routes had been canceled for Friday, with several cancellations listed for Saturday and Sunday. Cities affected by the cancellations include Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Duluth and Kansas City.

Affected travelers can visit Bus Tracker or call 1-858-800-8898.

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